Why You Shouldn’t Always Suggest a Solution

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To get the best out of your colleagues try to avoid suggesting a solution. Read the full article by Yael Bacharach on

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5 Essential Skills for Successful Coaching

the meetingPragmatic leaders–those interested in the practical aspects of execution–understand that the key to success is enhancing the capacity, competence, and skills of those they work with.

You can enhance others by coaching–but coaching requires concrete skills.

Yael Bacharach, in an illuminating article published on, has defined those concrete skills. Here’s the article–it’s a informative, enjoyable read.

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Coaching: Beyond the Sports Icon

sports metaphorMore often than not the sports metaphor doesn’t work in the workplace. Read why in my column here.


Beyond Supervision: The Coaching Mindset as a Leadership Skill [Podcast]

JACKIE ROBINSONCoaching at times seems to be one of these fad-ish words. Its intentions are clear but the specifics are blurred. Coaching, especially in the workplace, is often cast as an alternative to traditional supervision. In fact, it is not an alternative mindset, but a complimentary mind-set. Coaching may be a contemporary label, but it implies a capacity that all great leaders possess: the ability to enhance the proactive ability of others coaching.

Coaching is your leadership ability to get what you want by making sure that others achieve what they can be, want to be, and aspire to be. It is the normative frame, it is the social frame, it is the empathetic frame, that supplements the traditional supervisory mindset.


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Coaching as a Proactive Leadership Skill

knute-rockneCoaching in many ways has been with us for years. It’s really not a new concept. Maybe what’s new is that in the last two decades it has become a legitimate part of the workplace lexicon. For the most part, however, coaching has been disproportionately seen as an intimate, one-on-one, relationship between an experienced guiding light and a aspiring or floundering pupil.

There’s been a lot of confusion about coaching, about the role of boundaries in coaching, about the role of authority in coaching, and when coaching is or is not appropriate.

The coaching literature has become massive.  There is a deluge of academically relevant material, practitioner material, and the coaching perspectives have become so varied that, at times, it seems that it’s become a label looking for focus.